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Every living being in the entire universe is miserable, disturbed and unfulfilled. Everyone is endeavouring at every moment to become free of this misery. You are all well aware of this fact. You have practically experienced these miseries since eternal time, however these miseries can be classified primarily into two categories: one physical and the other mental.  All miseries can be included within these two categories. You are familiar with physical afflictions; you experience distress when the physical senses face the onslaught of heat or cold. You say, “It’s so hot,” or “It’s just too cold.” If someone hits you, you experience pain and you say, “Don’t hurt me.”  Sometimes your stomach hurts because of the malfunctioning of a particular organ and you have to see a doctor. Even the wealthiest of men get afflicted with physical ailments. It is true that a wealthy man manages to get treatment for some of them. He can say, “I’m not concerned about heat or cold, my house and even my car is air conditioned.” 

So there are a lot of physical discomforts that a rich person can avoid. But then there are genetic ailments; some inherited from one’s own father. What can the poor son do about that? The son led a strictly regimented life, but nevertheless inherited his father’s diabetes. Sometimes we get germs into our body by breathing the air breathed out by our neighbour. So there are various reasons for physical ailments and no one can escape them, not even a billionaire. You sometimes hear news of an American president dying of cancer; don’t all billionaires ultimately die? It is because the heart fails or something else of that nature happens, isn’t it?  So we experience misery because of physical ailments, but in a second an even greater misery is caused by the mind. 

We do manage to avoid physical ailments for some time. You may have some affliction from childhood, but as you grow up you do not feel its consequences. You practice discipline and temperance and don’t eat useless food and consequently don’t suffer any ill effects. There is an age: 16, 18, 20 and up to 25 where you remain comparatively disease free. After 30 problems arise, they increase by 40 and then become a lot by 50 when you are virtually bedridden after 60.  But it is the mental ailments that are the most troublesome and they are constant.  Pay attention to this! They are always there, lust, anger, greed, pride, infatuation, enmity and envy. So every person is struggling at every moment to avoid the misery caused by these. But why all this endeavour? It is because we have an instrument within called the mind. It never ceases to work; it is constantly working. All the planning and practice of the mind is simply to put an end to all these miseries. “How do I end these miseries?” 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4 October 2009 
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 2
Some people word this differently. They say, “How do I attain bliss?” (Bhagavatam 3.5.2) Everyone endeavours at every moment to become free from misery and to attain bliss, but neither do miseries come to an end nor is happiness attained; rather ones miseries increase. (Bhagavatam 7.7.42, 6.16.60 and 11.3.18; canto, chapter, verse) Everyone endeavours to become free from misery and to attain bliss. How long has this endeavour being going on? Not just a few million aeons, but since eternal time. This is because the living being is eternal; one will never cease to get a material body because these material bodies are 8.4 million jail cells in which one suffers the consequences of one’s past actions.  

There is usually one type of jail in this world, maybe there is some special facility for V.I.P. prisoners, but look at the number of jail cells here. A person in the celestial abode has such a superior body, without physical disease, but even he suffers all the mental ailments that we do. Now take the human being, he can control everyone else. He can make a dog act according to his will. He controls a donkey, a horse and can even control a tiger by the power of his superior intellect. So one gets a body and a mind, and one will suffer the consequent misery. 

Shri Krishna tells Arjuna: “Don’t you want to be free from misery?” Of course this instruction is for anyone who desires to be free from misery. “If you abandon desire, anger and greed, which are the causes of all misery, your miseries will come to an end.” (Gita 16.21) Doctors treat the cause of any ailment in the body and when the cause is removed the person gets cured; the disease comes to an end. Arjuna responded, “I have to give up these three things: desire anger and greed?” Shri Krishna replied: “Just give up two: desire and anger and all your miseries will come to an end. (Gita 3.37) 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4 October 2009 
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 3
[In the Gita, Shri Krishna says in relation to giving up desire and anger:] “Why give up two, when you will accomplish everything by just giving up one, just give up one: desire – give up worldly desires”.
“If only I had this, and I had that, and I had this, and so on . . . I should have a mother, I should have a father, I should have a son, a daughter, a sister, a brother, I should have proper wealth, I should have prestige in the eyes of others, I should hold an eminent position in society, I should have a beautiful body and so on. So I need all these things. In addition, no one should be greater than me or else misery will again arise; everyone should agree with what I say or else again unhappiness will arise.”

If your father asserts his dominance and scolds you, you are bound to think, “What a father I have got, it would be better if he died, he just yells at me all day.” So why do all these arise? These two enemies of ours - anger and greed - are both the children of desire. Desire is the mother or root cause, if one’s desire is fulfilled greed arises.  “I’ve got a lakh rupees (100,000),” immediately I start thinking, “I should have two.” But if our desires are not fulfilled, anger then arises. Why do you get angry throughout delay? You have various desires which you want fulfilled from your father, your mother, your son your wife or husband. When it is not fulfilled, you get angry. Nowadays you find so-called Saints in our country who say, “Are you going to become my disciple?” Yes I am. “I want you to put down in writing for me and sign that you are giving up one of these: desire, anger, greed or pride.” The disciple thinks, “What do I lose by signing here,” and he writes . . . I give up anger . . .  but just after leaving that place he starts giving in to anger. His anger is not something that will leave that easily. 

All these ailments are maya’s children. Maya, which is God’s power, is the mother. If one is able to defeat God, only then will one be able to conquer maya. Otherwise such talk is just madness, actually sheer nonsense.  People say with great pride, “I never get angry,” “I don’t really want anything.” What nonsense you are speaking.  “I have never had to bow down before anyone till today.” The actual fact is that you bow down before others ten times a day. When you are hungry you beg, “Give me something to eat,” when you are thirsty you beg, “Give me something to drink.” So there is no solution to this problem, because one is dealing with maya.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4 October 2009 
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti


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